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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

By popular demand...

Hi everybody, lookee here, a post!

I haven't posted in a very long time, so when I started hearing "when are you going to blog again?" and "I see you haven't posted lately" and "did you give up your blog?" -- I knew it was time to get back to it!   I haven't been sick or away from home... I just went through a phase where for some reason I just didn't wanna update my blog...  has that happened to anybody else??  (Please say yes!)  I was shocked when I saw it was two weeks this time!   Anyway, I'm right proud to be back with ya   :o)

At my bee meeting on Saturday we surprised one of our members, Charlene, by making her Queen Bee!  Char is always willing to share, she's a great teacher and so generous with her time, so we wanted to do something nice for her.  She also teaches one day a week at a local senior center.

The queen's throne
 We were busy bees getting the room ready for the surprise; bee members got an email telling us the meeting would start an hour later than normal, but everybody except the honoree knew it was a fake.

It was so funny... we were ready to roll by 1 pm but where was our honoree??  We finally saw her and her best friend Shirley Royal pull into the parking lot just before 2 o'clock, then we saw her go back to the car for something... we were cracking up!  Yetunde went out to speed them up a bit, and finally they walked through the door -- Charlene with her sewing stuff and a dish for lunch!  When we yelled Surprise, Char didn't know what was going on or who was being surprised.  It was a Kodak moment!

After the official proclamation and Charlene was crowned, everybody buzzzzzzzed as she was seated on her throne.  Felicia did a hilarious rendition of  "She's Our Queen" from the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America, then Charlene was presented with gifts and each member presented her with a yellow rose and a card.

It was a really nice banquet, there was so much food... cabbage, ribs, chicken wings, rotisserie chicken, deviled eggs, collards, green beans, chicken salad, two kinds of brocolli salad, a rice dish, chili, two pasta dishes, butternut squash, beets, fish, fresh cut fruit, apple pie, two cakes, home made cookies... whew! did I miss anything??

Our official cake maker and vice president Carolyn Burgess made two cakes - a beehive and a bee - they were too cute!

Here Miss Queen prepares to cut the beehive cake

Charlene was "roasted" by several people while we ate; Carolyn showed the jelly roll quilt she made in a bee session where Charlene taught us the jelly roll race.

Carolyn used Christmas fabrics that turned out really well!

Unfortunately, my camera's batteries died before it was over, so I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted to.  Among the gifts she received were beehive-shaped signature blocks from bee members in black and yellow/gold.  I didn't get a shot of all the blocks, but this is the one I did...

You can read more about the bee and see more pictures on Felicia's and Charlene's blogs - The Slow Quilter and Quilting with CharBee.

Until later, sew forth and sew on


  1. Wow...i'd love to have been there..what fun! You bees know how to run a hive!

  2. Hi, Linda so happy to have you back with us.
    What a wonderful thing you did for your friend, I too would have loved to be there, as far as I am concerned, you are all Queen Bees!

  3. Welcome back - love the 'bee' surprise party - how clever!

  4. I'm so glad you are OK and that post was worth the wait! What a great group you have to prepare that party, so clever and so special.

  5. What a nice way to surprise a person everyone admires. I am sure she felt very special. And, I do have times I don't feel like writing in the blog. Some days, I feel like my quilting is driven by having to have something to post. One of these days, I may take time off from the blog to see how it feels. I think I would miss people dropping by, though. Glad you posted again.


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